Joely Richardson

Movie Review: Red Sparrow (2018)

With a CRACK! that delivers aural and narrative impact, Red Sparrow lays out its cards early on. This CRACK! occurs during a ballet and highlights a key tension of such a performance — any mistake can be disastrous. In this case, the incident involving the CRACK! does prove devastating and foreshadows the ruin to come….

Movie Review: Snowden (2016)

Whether one thinks Edward Snowden is a patriot or a traitor for revealing CIA and NSA (National Security Agency) secrets will probably not depend on this movie, Snowden, as those who believe one way or the other will still hold those opinions after this 2-hour, 15-minute presentation. Still, director Oliver Stone (“Savages,” but better known…

Movie Review: Vampire Academy (2014)

I’m a horror fan who teaches high school English, so a side effect of those combined characteristics is my knowledge of young adult (YA) fiction, and usually the darker stuff at that. I’ve read all of the Harry Potter, Twilight, and Hunger Games books like most people, and I’ve come away with mixed reactions (typically,…

Movie Trailer: Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters (2014)

I’m told Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters is not the new “Twilight,” although I’m very skeptical of that — the trailer released today by The Weinstein Company to the roar of teenaged girls everywhere tells me I am right. Based on the Richelle Mead novel series, it features young, attractive high school girls (who happen to…

Movie Review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

If Bella Swan of “Twilight” infamy is the archetype for every subordinate female lead, Lisbeth Salander, the punk fashionista at the crux of Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium” novel series, is her antithesis; her independence and inability to conform — physically and intellectually — makes her the forerunner of the New Age feminist movement. Pierced, inked, and…

Movie Trailer: Red Lights (2012)

A teaser trailer for upcoming thriller Red Lights was made available today by Nostromo Pictures. In it, director Rodrigo Cortés (“Buried“) sets the stage for us to question all we know and believe with a few pointed statements and a sinister shot that captures Robert De Niro’s famous scowl. It’s enough to at least pique…

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